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Friday, 11 March 2011

Cabinet Meeting: Capital Wines The Fence Sitter 2009 & Capital Wines The Abstainer 2010

If you're into wine and twitter, you've surely heard of Capital Wines?  Tweethound Jenny Mooney has done an excellent job, in my opinion, of raising the profile of the Canberra region and championing the value of social media channels for wineries.

The Capital Wines Rosé is made from Cabernet Franc and Merlot specifically grown, and picked, for Rosé production.  This 2009 version shows immediate blackcurrant aromas with a softer, creamy background note.  The palate is clean, crisp and fresh - an excellent thirst quencher - and offers easy drinkability. 

The length is lacking a bit - to no real detriment - it certainly tickled my tastebuds and passed the 'smashability' test: the bottle does not last long.

Source: Sample
Price: $18
Alcohol: 12.7%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.capitalwines.com.au/

The 2010 version underwent a slight identity change due to a trademark conflict.  Still made from Cabernet Franc and Merlot, the aromas are more generally fruit driven.  There's still the trademark blackcurrant/ cassis but there was an overall melding of mixed berry fruit coming through - to me more pronounced than in the 2009.

The palate shows a wee touch of cheek puckering acidity, the wine feels firmer in the mouth that with the 2009.  Again there's no real length to speak of - and if that's its only fault then it provides plenty of drinking pleasure.


Source: Sample
Price: $18
Alcohol: 12.7%
Closure: Screwcap
Website: http://www.capitalwines.com.au/

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